Estes Valley Land Trust Presents John Fielder
John Fielder, national renowned photographer, publisher, teacher, and preservationist, will be “in person” at the YMCA of the Rockies, on Saturday, November 21st at 3:00 p.m. He will be presenting a beautiful color slide show and informal discussion about his newly released publication, Ranches of Colorado.
This special event is hosted by the Estes Valley Land Trust. It will be held in the Hyde Chapel, and all members of the EVLT and the public are invited at no charge.
This is a chance to meet John Fielder in person. He will present an entertaining program including slides of some of his photographs of Colorado ranches with accompanying personal comments and explanations.
In addition, this event will also raise money for the Estes Valley Land Trust. If you purchase the book at the event, you may have your copy personalized and signed by Fielder, you will avoid shipping costs, and 30% of the book’s $95 price will be returned to support the work of the Estes Valley Land Trust.
The book is Fielder’s most beautiful innovation so far containing 232 pages with over 375 color photographs of Colorado ranches. The book measures 16” by 12” with a simulated leather cover that has a barn wood-like inlay.
Fielder has worked tirelessly during his career to promote the protection of Colorado’s open space and wild lands. In 2007 and 2008 he traveled to photograph 50 of Colorado’s most beautiful multi-generational working cattle ranches. His goal is to bring attention to the fact that ranchland is being lost to development at a record pace.
The book is a celebration of the ranching industry in Colorado, its heritage, and its future. Fielder found, “Tucked into every corner of the Colorado landscape are places where legends live. The ranches of the West, and the ranchers who run them, embody what is true about America and what we Americans want to be true: self sufficiency, determination, independence, competence, fearlessness, and an abiding reverence for the land that has blessed us with abundance and opportunity.”
Even if you are not a fan of beef and ranching, ranches are important to all of us for their economic contribution to Colorado’s sustainable economy as well as their spectacular views along our rural highway, rivers, meadows and pastures. Think Yampa, Colorado, Eagle, Roaring Fork, San Juan, and the Dolores rivers, among others. These spectacular views attract tourists, migratory creatures, and native wildlife.
Fielder’s project is a partnership between Fielder and the land trust community including Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust, Colorado Open Lands, and the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts. These organizations will benefit from the proceeds of each copy of the book sold. When the book is sold at the Estes Park signing event on November 21st, $28.50 of the purchase price will be returned to the local beneficiary of the Estes Valley Land Trust.